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Tangy, savory, and sweet, these effortless braised chicken wings come together from umeboshi (Japanese pickled plums) and a handful of ingredients tossed in a pot and simmered together.

Umeboshi Chicken

By using tangy, salty umeboshi to braise chicken drumettes, it's possible to make this flavorful dish with about 5 minutes of active work.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword chicken, chicken wings, finger food, umeboshi
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Poultry
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 562 kcal


  • 4 grams konbu (3x3-inch piece)
  • 200 grams low-sodium umeboshi (~12 large umeboshi)
  • 1200 grams chicken drumettes
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1 tablespoon usukuchi soy sauce


  1. Add the konbu and umeboshi to a heavy-bottomed pot with a lid and then arrange the chicken around them, so the ume are evenly distributed, and there aren't many air-gaps between the pieces of chicken. Add the mirin and cover the pot with a lid.
    Chicken wings and umeboshi in a pot.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat and then turn down the heat to low. Set a timer for 20 minutes and let the chicken braise undisturbed.
  3. After the timer goes off, open the lid and taste the braising liquid. If it's not salty enough, add the soy sauce. If it's already well seasoned, you can leave it out. Redistribute the chicken, so the pieces that were not submerged in the braised liquid are submerged.
    Adding soy sauce to umeboshi chicken.
  4. Continue cooking the chicken over low heat for another 10 minutes or until the wings are tender. If the liquid starts running low, you can add a little water to keep it from burning.
  5. When the chicken is tender, remove it from the pot and turn up the heat to reduce the sauce into a glaze.
    Reducing umeboshi sauce in a pot.
  6. When the braising liquid has thickened to the texture of maple syrup, return the chicken to the pot and toss to glaze.
    Chicken glazed with pickled plum sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Umeboshi Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 166mg55%
Sodium 982mg41%
Potassium 920mg26%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.